Faculté des Sciences appliquées
Faculté des Sciences appliquées

Application of super-element theory to crash-worthiness evaluation within the scope of the A.D.N. Regulations

Uzögüten, Hasan Özgür ULiège
Promotor(s) : Taczala, Maciej ; Nzengu, Wa
Date of defense : 2016 • Permalink :
Title : Application of super-element theory to crash-worthiness evaluation within the scope of the A.D.N. Regulations
Author : Uzögüten, Hasan Özgür ULiège
Date of defense  : 2016
Advisor(s) : Taczala, Maciej 
Nzengu, Wa 
Committee's member(s) : Le Sourne, Hervé 
Language : English
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Civil engineering
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master de spécialisation en construction navale
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences appliquées


[en] The design requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods by inland waterways include the provisions
dealing with vessel survival capability and location of the cargo tank within the vessel, notably:
• tankers are expected to survive the normal effects of flooding following damage externally caused
• cargo tanks are required to be protected from penetration in the event of minor damage to the vessel,
e.g. from handling alongside by tugs/pushers, and having as well a degree of protection from damage
in the event of collision.
• limitations are imposed to cargo tank size, intended to restrict the amount of cargo which may escape
in the event of accidental breaching.
Vessels not complying with the above design requirements shall be protected through a more crashworthy
side structure. The crash-worthiness shall be proved by applying the method prescribed in section 9.3.4 of
A.D.N., i.e., by comparing the risk of a conventional construction (reference construction), complying with
the A.D.N. Regulations with the risk of a crashworthy construction (alternative construction). When the risk
of the more crashworthy construction is equal to or lower than the risk of the conventional construction,
equivalent or higher safety is proved. The equivalent or higher safety shall be proven using a probabilistic
In this thesis, crash-worthiness evaluation of a Type C inland tanker will be carried out through the
instrumentality of the SHARP tool. The difference between the application of super-element and
finite-element method will be presented in the light of Section 9.3.4. Alternative Constructions of A.D.N..
Finally, the risk of cargo tank rupture of the alternative construction in the aftermath of the collision will
be assessed in order to provide a design with the better crash-worthiness by comparing the risk of cargo
tank rupture with the conventional (reference) construction.



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